Administrators Report – December 2017
I greet you in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We thank God for all our donors and we pray for God to bless you. We appreciate all that you do for us and it’s our responsibility to utilize the available resources in the right direction that honors God. This month of December had several activities, allow me to report on the main events.
We thank God for the good health of our children as they are all doing well. We have maintained a good diet and this has helped the children to remain healthy and strong. Special thanks go to the medical coordinator- Ryan for ensuring that all the children receive the right medication on time and for being available all the time. Apart from the common illness of malaria for a few little kids, the rest of the children are doing well. We are planning to vaccinate the few remaining secondary school children for Hepatitis B and conduct a general test for HIV.
We had the end of year staff party on December 15th /2017 and the children’s Christmas party on December 17th /2017. During the staff party the staff members were reminded about the mission of Jesus Christ. Christ came to reconcile man and God and all members were told to reconcile with each other and work together. They were told to focus on the love of Jesus towards mankind and show the same love to the children that God has entrusted us at Lulwanda.
During this party Mzee Julius Wamboka, who retired after serving the children for 12 years was appreciated for the good work by the management, staff and children. A call was made by the management to the staff members to emulate Mzee Julius Wamboka who worked peacefully with the organizational leaders and fellow workmates. We bought a goat and shirt as a sign of appreciation to Mzee Julius Wamboka.
Later on, the Staff members were given the Christmas bonus sent by GICF. On behalf of the staff I wish to extend our sincere thanks to GICF for this good gesture of love as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We appreciate what you do for all of us and may the Almighty God bless all of you.
During the children’s party, we urged the children to follow what Jesus did while on earth. He was respectful to his parents and He helped in domestic chores at home. Christ loved everybody especially the sinners, less fortunate, and above all He did the will of God.
At the end of both parties food and drinks were served, followed by excellent entertainment.
We played the Christmas tournament which involved both the staff and children. We also invited the University children and a few of the resettled children to be part of the tournament. It was a joyous moment to meet as a big family and we had a lot of fun. The first round consisted of three groups which included the teams Age Limit, Star Boys and Rail Spears. In the first round, Star Boys and Age Limit went through and played the finals. In the finals, Age Limit emerged the Champions after beating Star Boys 2:1 goal. The outstanding players of the tournament were; Top Scorer, Bernard Womeli with 4 goals, followed by Felix Maina (3) and Osama Eid (3) while the best defender was Abel Musoba and best goal keeper was Jimmy Wambi. They all received medals for their best performance and the Champion received the trophy. However during the first round Uncle John Palmer got an eye injury and was rushed to CURE Hospital where he got sixteen (16) stiches. However, he scored the goal on the play and his team won the match. We thank God that he recovered well and all is okay. I also participated in the tournament and children were extremely excited to see me playing.
We have installed CCTV Cameras all around the home. We hope this will partly solve the problem of community members stealing our equipment and also allow monitoring both the staff and children. So far this project has raised concern from the suspected community people who have been stealing from us. They reported to the local authority that the installation of the cameras had a hidden agenda, but the local authorities have dismissed this claim and said it’s none of their business. We have constructed two incinerators as demanded in the health inspection report by the District Health Inspector. We are planning to construct a fence around the Lulwanda land to avoid the community members encroaching on our land.
All of the grown up children have been sent back to the homes of their relatives (next of kin) for social bonding. This is required by the government for all children to know their relatives and get used to the culture and norms of society. They will be coming back on January 8th 2018 to wind up the holiday as they prepare to report for first term of school. All our children were given our telephone contacts to call us in case of any problems but so far we have not received any bad report. We are planning to have a welcome party immediately they come back home.
We had some land issues with the community who had encroached on our land. We invited the local council leaders, land board members and the land surveyor to come and intervene. Out of the four (4) community members who were complaining, three (3) were settled and it’s only one who is still pending but we hope all will be fine. The land board members and the local council leaders are all supporting us. They have threatened to arrest anybody who will continue to disturb the organization. We are planning to fence off our land the moment all issues have been resolved.
On behalf of the children and staff, allow me to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for supporting us financially, materially and in prayer. Truly, without your support all the dreams of the Lulwanda children would be shuttered down. As the year comes to an end we say thank you for standing and praying with us throughout the year. May the Almighty God keep on protecting and grant you good health.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!
Yours in Christ,
LULWANDA CHILDRENS HOME